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In science we have been looking at different plants and learning about what they need to survive and stay healthy.

In English we have been reading the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' We all absolutely love this book.  This week we are writing a setting description for our our own imaginary chocolate room inside Will Wonka's factory.  To inspire us to generate some fantastic adjectives to describe what we can see, hear, smell, taste and feel we had our very own sensory experience. We then produced some fantastic setting descriptions.

This week we have been learning about time.  

We had a special visitor in Discoverers Class today.  The lady from SCARF and her friend Harold the giraffe told us lots of things about our bodies and our feelings. We had to help Harold and his friends and elp them to show kindness to one another.

In PE this half term we have been learning lots of hockey skills.  We love to play a game at the end of each lesson to practice our skills.

We were lucky enough to see the ducks in Explorers class today. They were very cute and cheeky. They loved it in the water.

Following on with our work based around the book Possum Magic we made Anzac biscuits this week. We have been learning all about instructions this week.  We followed the instructions to make the delicious Australian sweet treat, then we have written our own instructions.

We had a great time yesterday taking part in the sponsored bunny bounce. We enjoyed cheering each other on and trying to do as many bounces as we could in a minute. 

We loved taking part in the Greek Culture day today. In Discoverers Class we designed our own Greek Gods and did some traditional Greek dancing. We loved learning all of the moves.

Discoverers class had an amazing time at Neeli Mosque. It was a fantastic end to our RE topic on Islam. The children all knew lots about the Islamic faith and the Muslim community. We did lots of practical activities in the mosque including prayer positions and Wudu as well as having an full tour of the inside of the mosque.

R.E. 
Today we have visited St John’s Thornham church where Reverend Alison helped us to explore Holy Week. We listened to the story and added actions, making connections to how people might have been feeling at the time and how Christians feel about the story today. We explored how worship is shown in church, exploring different artefacts and linking them to the days of Holy Week and what they represent. Reverend Alison was impressed with all that we knew and the thoughtful questions we asked, she very kindly gifted us with a palm cross each which we used to recreate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

In DT we made a hummus dip and served it with our favourite dippers. We learnt lots of new skills such as slicing, juicing, crushing and blending. The best part was tasting it afterwards. It was delicious!

In science we have been learning about forces and magnets. We made toy cars powered by magnets. We were able to use magnetic force to move the cars forwards and backwards without even touching them!

In R.E. This half term we are exploring Christianity and the concept of Salvation. We have been learning about the events of Holy Week and have worked together to retell these by ordering pictures and discussing the events and their impact on Christians today and why this story is so important that it is remembered. 

In Design technology this week we have been tasting different dips and dippers.  We then had a vote for the most popular dip so that we could decide which one we are going to design and make.  We recorded the results from our survey in a tally chart and then put them onto a block graph.  We found out that the class favourite was hummus.  Look out for us making our own hummus dip soon.

In Design Technology we have been looking at where our food comes from and seasonal fruit and vegetables. We made seasonal fruit kebabs and then sorted the vegetables according to the part of the plant that we eat.

We had a lovely surprise this week = a secret reader - Fleur”s mummy read ‘The Whale Who Wanted More’ which was about discover, love and happiness found from others not things you buy. The children loved the story and their special treat of donuts. 

Happy New Year and welcome back Discoverers Class. We have fun action packed term ahead of us..  In English we will be reading the book 'Tuesday'.  In history we will be looking at some more significant individuals such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Columbus. In Science we will be learning all about forces and magnets. 

We had a fantastic workshop today with Kapla planks. Every child in school participated in the building of a fantastic masterpiece. Discoverers Class built the crocodiles and the cruise ships. We were all extremely proud of our contribution to the showcase and displayed great team work.

Discoverers and Explorers had a special visit today from the fire brigade. The children all got to have a go at becoming fire fighters and using the hose. They were also allowed into the fire engine which was very exciting. 

Take a look at the amazing game that we designed on our TASC day for the school Christmas Everyone loved playing the game and some of the children from Discoverers’ class helped out on the stall which was great fun.

We had a very special visitor today which was amazing!

Discoverers Class loved their breakfast with the elf and enjoyed dancing and singing along to the Christmas songs too. The elf was a very good dancer!

We made our Christingles today ready for our church service.

We had a great time doing the reindeer run raising money for Springhill Hospice.

In Design Technology we have been looking at and making different types of slider mechanisms.

This week we had a special visit from the Ice Trolls who live deep in the ice caves of Antarctica. We had to become scientists in order to help them whilst they were here. Unfortunately despite the cold weather we have been having it still wasn’t cold enough for the Ice Trolls here at school. Therefore we needed to conduct a science investigation to see what material would be the best to make a special cost for the trolls to keep them frozen. We then had to make sure the test was fair. We found out that the coats made out of tinfoil worked best. 

This week we had a special visitor in Discoverers Class - A Secret Reader. The children loved listening to the story ‘Jabari Jumps’.

This week in science we did a blubber experiment. We put our hands in a blubber glove and a plain plastic bag glove. We then put our hands in iced cold water for the same amount of time and observed what happened. We found out that the hand in the glove without the blubber was icy cold and we struggled to withstand it. The hand in the rubber glove felt cosy and warm. This helped us to understand about the purpose of blubber (a thick layer of fat) for animals in the polar regions.

In art we have been looking at the artist Edgar Degas. This week we painted our own seascapes in the style of Edgar Degas, including a sunset. The finished paintings were amazing. The children really captured the movement of the sea and used great light and tone. Some even created the effect of the reflection of the sun in the water.

Music

 

we have been learning how to play chords together on boomwhackers and concentrating on reading the notation and knowing when to play our own notes. We have enjoyed learning to play and sing the melody to you are my sunshine.

This week in maths we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10.

Listen to our performance of our Harvest poem.

We really enjoyed doing our class assembly today in front of our parents and the rest of the school. We hope you enjoyed finding out about all the fun things we did whilst learning all about the Stone Age.

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In PE this half term we have been learning the Haka. We love pulling the frightening faces . Here is a sneak preview of the start.

This half term in R.E. we are learning about Islam. We have been exploring beliefs, exploring artefacts and learning about people important to Muslims. This week we have listened to a story about the Prophet Muhammad and the cat, to help us retell the story we created our own models based on the story and used these to help explain how Muslims use this story to help them understand how to respect and care for God’s creation. 

We had a great time in Hopwood woods. We travelled back in time to the Stone Age and became hunter gatherers. We made pitfall and deadfall traps to catch the Stone Age animals. Then we made our own harpoons so that we could catch fish in the stream. We were really good at using our pointy harpoons to do this.

In English this week we have been doing some drama. First of all the children acted out the part in ‘Stone Age Boy’ when the boy meets the girl from the Stone Age for the first time. We then worked in groups to create freeze frames of different parts of the story.

We have been hard at work this week creating 3 new class displays. We wrote our dreams on dream jars for our school values display. After reading the book ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ we did some fantastic writing to go on our display in the hall. Then we made some great predictions about our new class book ‘Stonw Age Boy’. I’m sue you will agree that they look amazing.

Discoverers were set a challenge today to find letters in our classroom and outdoor area then work as a team to make as many words as they could. The longest word made by one of the groups was the nine letter word- therapist. I was amazed at all the words they came up with and the super spelling.

Wow! What an amazing first few days we have had in Discoverers Class. The children have all settled in really well and have shown great gem work and resilience in some of the fun activities we have been doing. We came up with our class rules and promises to each other, built towers out of marshmallows and cocktail sticks and had a scavenger hunt.

For the Coronation Mrs Hunter challenged all of the classes to make a crown fit for a King. Take a look at our crown and the children going down the catwalk to show the rest of the school. I’m sure you will agree that it looks fantastic!

In maths this week we have been learning all about money and how to make different amounts.

In Science we have been learning all about shadows and how they are formed. We used the shadow puppet theatres that we had made to investigate how the size of a shadow can change. 

We went outside this morning to see what we could see in the school grounds. We found a box on the field. This inspired us to write some amazing poems called “What’s Inside the Box”.

In Design and Technology we have been designing and making a wind-powered toy car. We even got chance to test them out and race them outside today. They all worked really well.

We had great fun today doing the sponsored bunny bounce!

In Geography we have been learning all about the features of a river. We made our own river models out of salt dough. We then painted them and labelled the features. We are all really proud of the finished models.

We had great fun playing with Explorers’ Class in the snow.

Music

This half term the musical genre we are focusing on is disco, we have all been feeling the groove adding disco moves and actions to help us learn our performance song ‘Bringing us together’. This is the very start of our musical disco journey but we are already having lots of fun. We have asked the children to find some more examples of disco moves to share next week so please share your best moves to be included in our final performance 💃🏼🕺🏽

We had a great day on World Boksburg Day. We wrote poems based on the poem ‘10 things found in a Wizard’s Pocket’ by Ian McMillan. We even got to have our lunch as a treat in the classroom. 

Bollywood Dancing

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In PE we have been dancing in the style of Bollywood. The children have really enjoyed learning this new style of dance and have created some fantastic routines using the moves we learnt together.

In maths this week we ended our topic on 2D and 3D shapes by using the big mat and finding the coordinates of the various shapes.

Recipe for a Wolf

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We have been writing poems this week by creating a recipe for a wolf.

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R.E.

Discoverers have been exploring the Christian belief on the Trinity. The belief in one God but also in three different ways of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They have looked at different representations of this idea using an egg and an apple.

In science we have been investigating how shadows are formed and the type of object that make the clearest shadow. We found out that opaque objects make the best shadows, translucent objects make a pale shadow but transparent objects don’t make very clear shadows at all. 

In maths this week we have been dividing

We created lots of different artwork in the style of Wassily Kandinsky this week in art. We listened to music to inspire us just like he did.

We have been continuing to explore the Samba instruments and learning to play as an ensemble. We have had to listen carefully to the leader’s whistle that instructs us how to play and anticipate when to play our instruments. We have been learning simple Samba rhythms and having lots of fun.

Samba fun

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In art today we have been looking at the artist Leonardo de Vinci. We concentrated on the skill of sketching that we learnt about in our art masterclass last week. We found out that Leonardo da Vinci was interested in anatomy and the human form. We then used wooden mannequins to help us sketch the outline of a person.

This week we have been writing a newspaper report about the tiger in the woods. To help us do this we created a class newspaper report based on another strange creature that was spotted in the woods. We used Talk for writing to orally perform our class model piece. Use the bar code below to watch us perform it. Can you guess who the strange creature is. 

We have been learning all about Samba music and how to play different Samba instruments; samba drums, guiros, agogo bells and tambours. We have been learning to play different rhythms and anticipating when to play listening to the leader who sets the tempo of the music. 

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What amazing afternoon we had in Hopwood Woods. We found evidence of the missing tiger from Blackpool Zoo in the woods. There was orange and black stripy fur in the branches of the trees and we also found a small amount of green fur. We are hoping that the tiger is not too sick and that we can catch her before all of her stripes turn green! We made humane traps in groups to hopefully lure the tiger then capture her safely so that the zookeeper can take her back to the zoo. Each group made a unique trap with lots of amazing features. Watch this space to see if they work.

We had a special visitor today. Zara the zookeeper from Blackpool Zoo told us that one of her tigers had escaped whilst being transported to London. She wanted to know if we had seen her missing tiger called Alyona. We told her that we think that Alyona came to our classroom over the weekend because when we came to school on a Monday our classroom was messed up and there were giant muddy paw prints everywhere. The zookeeper was very worried about the tiger when we said what she had eaten and thinks she may get sick. She even things her stripes may turn green! She has asked us to help her.  She wants us to make some ‘LOST’ posters. She also asked us to go to Hopwood Woods (where we think she may be hiding) to make some humane traps. She told us not to be afraid of Alyona because  she is a very friendly tiger who is probably very scared.

Today in computing we took part in the BUPA Get With the Programme completing a coding activity. We had to design and write an algorithm to get a robot to pack up healthy lunch nags in time for lunch. We had great fun doing it and faced a few challenges along the way making us re-think and debug our algorithms:

This morning when Discoverers’ came into their classroom they were shocked by what they saw. There was lots of empty food packets everywhere, an empty teapot, empty cans of Daddy”s beer and giant paw prints on the floor near the door. When they looked even closer they also found paw prints on the tables and on the side of the sink! We also couldn’t fill our water bottles because there was no water left in the taps! Immediately We all thought that it must have been the tiger. Later on Mrs Worsley in the office confirmed our suspicions by finding footage on the security cameras of the tiger caught in the act. We then wrote eye witness statements describing what we had found to inform the local police. 

First week back in Discoverers”Class

 

Wow what a week we have had! We have had lots of fun this week getting to know our new class. I have been really impressed with your growth mindsets and how well you have all worked in different teams. We ended the week with a scavenger hunt in the classroom and our outside area. I can see that this year you are all going to be fantastic learners. 

Welcome back Discoverers' Class!

 

I hope that you have all had a fantastic summer, I certainly have.  I am really looking forward to seeing yo all again on Monday morning.  We have lots of exciting thing to look forward to this term and in the year ahead.  I can't wait to see you smiley faces and hear your laughter filling my classroom. Myself, Mrs Taylor, Miss Smith and Miss Jones have been working hard to get our classroom ready for you all and planning some fun activities for us to do.  

 

See you all very soon

 

Mrs Howarth

EYFS & KS1 had a fantastic beach day. We had lots of fun playing in the pool and enjoyed eating our fruit ice lollies we made yesterday!

Discoverers’ Class had an amazing day today enjoying their end of year treat on the inflatable. I don’t know who loved it more the children or Mrs Howarth! 

In Design and Technology this half term we have been learning all about structures and how to make them stable and strong. We have designed a bridge in groups using a running bond. Have a look at some of the bridges we made following our designs using sugar cubes.

We made Anzac biscuits just like the ones in Possum Magic. We worked well together to follow the instructions then after making them we wrote our own instructions.

Today in science we have been learning all about soil. Mrs Worsley gave us a problem to solve. She has been asked to plant some plants in the school grounds but she doesn’t know which area to plant them in. There are lots of different types of soil in our grounds and she needed to know which would. Be best for planting. First of all we looked closely at some soil samples to see what we could see. We found out the soil is made up of lots of different things and that without it there would be no life on planet earth. Who would have thought that soil could be so amazing, we then found out about the different layers of soil and the different types. Finally we conducted an experiment to find out which soil type was the most permeable. We found out that the clay soil was impermeable so wouldn’t be good for planting as the water did not drain well. The Sandy soil was the most permeable as nearly all the water drained through very quickly. The loam soil drained well too and it also absorbed quite a lot of the water which we thought would be good for planting as they need the water to drain well and they need to absorb a lot of water. Discoverers worked well to ensure that they carried out a fair test and record their findings.

As part of our World Book Day celebrations we took part in a whole school book swap. Discoverers Class loved choosing their new books. It was great to hear the children recommending books to each other.

We had a fantastic time in Discoverers Class on World Book Day doing lots of fun activities. Our favourite was the book tasting that we did. We looked at 3 different texts and read only a couple of. pages. We then completed a mini review in our tasting menu about our thoughts about the book and if we would like to read the rest of the book. 

In PE this half term we are doing gymnastics in one of our sessions. This week we focused on balancing and doing a pencil jump using the apparatus. 

In DT this week we prepared some dippers then tasted different dips and dippers. We created a tally chart of our favourite ones then transferred the information onto a bar chart in maths. As a class our favourite dipper was tortilla chips and our favourite dip was hummus. In our next DT lesson we are going  to create a mood board and design our own hummus dip ready to make it. We can’t wait to make our own hummus dip and hope that it tastes as good as the one we tried today.

In maths this week we have been looking at block graphs we started this off by making a human graph of our favourite fruits. We then put cones onto the large floor graph and interpreted the data.

In DT this week we have been learning about where our food comes from. We then looked at the different parts of a plant that we can eat.

In science this week we have been learning about friction. We conducted an experiment to see how far a toy car could travel on different surfaces.

Boxercise

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In PE we have been doing circuit training and boxercise. Have a look at our boxercise routine so far. Keep looking out for our finished routine. The children have loved using the boxing gloves and learning the different boxing punches. So far we have done an uppercut, a jab and now we are working on the hook.

We have been using our new world map in the corridor to locate the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

In DT we have been looking at seasonal fruit and vegetables. We then made our own fruit kebabs using seasonal fruit. The children all said that they tasted amazing!

This half term our school value is perseverance Today we discussed what perseverance was and ways that we can show it. We then played a game where the children worked with a partner. One of them had an empty cup and the other had ten mini marshmallows. The one with the marshmallows had to throw them underarm one at a time to the partner with the cup. The goal was for the children to catch them without dropping any. During the activity the children were encouraging each other and themselves and had to think of strategies to help them achieve their goal. They also were really good at celebrating each other’s successes. They found the task extremely hard but none of them gave up showing great perseverance. 

Discoverers class were delighted to see Father Christmas today. They all gave him a letter and received a present.

It was great to see all of the class in their Christmas jumpers today

The children are enjoying reading Christmas books at the moment in our Story Shed

When we came into the classroom this morning we found the polar bears from our display were all frozen. They had left us a message asking us to help them. We decided that we needed to free them quickly and safely. We discussed that by heating up the ice we would be able to melt it and turn the solid ice into a liquid. We discussed what things would heat the ice up safely. In our groups we decided to try 5 different things. We used a hairdryer, the radiator, a hot water bottle, a towel and a blanket. To measure how much the ice had melted we weighed the ice blocks at 10 minute intervals. We found out that the hairdryer was the quickest method of raising the temperature of the ice so that it would melt and free the polar bears. We had lots of fun completing this experiment and recording our results.

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The year 3 children have been learning this greetings song in French.

This week we conducted a science experiment to see how polar bears keep warm. We made blubber gloves and tested how a hand in a the blubber glove felt in comparison to the hand without in iced water. To make the test fair we put both hands into the iced water for the same amount of time. We found out that the thick layer of fat called blubber acts as an insulator to keep the polar bears warm.

Our Harvest Poem

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Discoverers Class welcomed their parents for a Class Assembly this week

In science we have been learning all about rocks and soils. We made the 3 types of rock - Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks using Starburst. 

As part of our Stone Age history lesson we cooked the fish we had caught with our harpoons on the open fire.

We had a special visitor today who helped us all to make our whole school display of our school values in the new school entrance.

In music we have been playing the African Drums to a Stone Age version ‘We Will Rock You’.

Welcome to Discoverers’ Class Team

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Welcome to Discoverers’ Class

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We have stated to learn the Hakka. This is a sneak preview of what we have done so far.

This week Discoverer’s Class went back in time to the Stone Age. We went to the woods and became hunters and gatherers. The children made pitfall and deadfall traps to catch animal, they made their own harpoons, then they caught their own fish in the stream. We had a fantastic time and can’t wait to cook our fish on the open camp fire next week in forest school.

After reading the book Stone Age Boy we created some freeze frames of various parts in the story.

Discoverers’ Class were set the challenge of getting the hoop around their circle without letting go of each other’s hands. They came up with some great ways of moving the hoop from person to person.

As a team building exercise we made marshmallow and spaghetti towers. They raced against time in their teams to build the tallest tower. The children worked extremely hard in their groups and showed great perseverance. They created some amazing towers.

Please find attached below the homework grid for this half term.  This grid will also be posted on Showbie.  I have emailed all parents with our new class code for accessing Showbie.  If anyone has any difficulties please do not hesitate to contact me. If you would like a paper copy of the grid please ask your child to request one from me.

Wow! What a fantastic first week we have had in Discoverers Class.  It has been lovely to welcome the children old and new into our brand new classroom.  We have done lots of team challenges this week and getting to know each other activities.  I have been really impressed with how well all of the children have settled back into school.

 

I have attached below a welcome letter for all the parents of children in Discoverers Class.  This will tell you a little bit about what we will be doing this half term and a bit about me.  Our PE days are on Tuesday and Thursday and the children can come into school in their PE kits on these days.  The children will also be doing forest school every Wednesday so please can you ensure that your child has a pair or wellies in school labelled with their names.  Please can I also ask that you label all of your child's uniforms and PE kits with their names as we have already had a few left in the classroom with no name in.  This makes it a lot easier for your child to locate their own things.

 

Thank you 

 

Mrs Howarthsmiley

Welcome Discoverers

 

I hope that you have all had a lovely summer and are ready for the exciting things we have planned for this year. Our new classroom is finally ready. I have attached a couple of photographs of our new story shed and the other areas in the room. I can’t wait to welcome you all and hear your laughter and see your smiles making the room come alive.

 

Mrs Howarth

As part of us looking at local history we went to Tandle Hill. It was lovely to be able to go out and about again even in the rain. We has a fantastic time looking at the monuments at the top of Tandle Hill and could see our school and church clearly. We even marched around the Peterloo plaque in memory of the radicals that met there in 1819 prior to the Peterloo demonstrations.

After learning all about the Great Fire of London in history we made our own human chain to put out a chalk fire on the wall. We soon realised that this was very slow and would have been very tiring. We are thankful that we now have the fire brigade and fully equipped fire engines to put out fires.

We have been working on mass this week in maths

We have been doing lots of preparation for sports day with Explorers Class

Today in maths the children in Discoverer’s class were set a crime solving case by Greater Manchester Police. Over the weekend an unidentified intruder  stole one of the diggers from the school grounds. They sent us artist impressions of their suspects and because the police computers systems had failed the only way to uncover the identity of the thief was to solve fraction problems and use a top secret code. The children were amazing at solving the calculations and eliminating all the suspects until they were left with the culprit. At 2pm sharp the Deputy Police constable arrived at St John’s to collect all of our information. We have been informed since that Eric has been arrested and is currently awaiting sentencing! We were congratulated on our fast investigation and mathematical skills as have been honoured with a good citizens award and an extra playtime😀👮‍♀️🏅

We had a green screen session today which was amazing we visited lots of countries and even got to film one of our songs from our upcoming performance. Watch this space...

After reading the story Paper Dolls we made our own paper dolls. We gave them names and took them on an adventure around the school before writing our own version of the story.

During science week we have been learning all about how our lungs work